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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 27, Seattle Seahawks 13

The Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset victory by beating the Seattle Seahawks on the road in Week 16.

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Final Score

Arizona Cardinals 27, Seattle Seahawks 13

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray left the game with a hamstring injury in the second half, so the lead was left on the shoulders of backup signal-caller Brett Hundley, who performed very well in Murray's absence. Hundley was effective with both his arm and his legs, and the Arizona offense hardly missed a beat while he was in there.

tm down_dist plays epa/play suc_% pass_% epa/pass epa/run suc_%_pass suc_%_run
NO 1st 33 0.23 67% 67% 0.61 -0.53 82% 36%
SF 1st 31 0.75 65% 61% 1.06 0.25 74% 50%
NO 2nd_1-3 5 0.49 80% 20% -0.22 0.67 0% 100%
SF 2nd_1-3 2 -1.44 0% 100% -1.44 0 0% 0%
NO 2nd_4-7 8 -0.84 0% 50% -0.89 -0.79 0% 0%
SF 2nd_4-7 9 -0.36 33% 22% 0.03 -0.48 50% 29%
NO 2nd_8+ 8 0.75 75% 75% 0.87 0.38 67% 100%
SF 2nd_8+ 8 -0.65 38% 88% -1.13 2.76 29% 100%
NO 3/4_1-4 6 0.07 50% 33% -0.52 0.36 50% 50%
SF 3/4_1-4 5 0.96 60% 60% 1.83 -0.34 67% 50%
NO 3/4_5+ 11 0.14 45% 91% 0.17 -0.21 50% 0%
SF 3/4_5+ 9 1.19 89% 89% 1.31 0.29 87% 100%
NO all 71 0.16 56% 63% 0.35 -0.17 62% 46%
SF all 64 0.43 58% 64% 0.62 0.09 63% 48%

The Cardinals may have a dilemma on their hands next offseason at running back because Kenyan Drake is proving to be more talented than David Johnson at this point. Drake flashed in both the running and passing game, and he finished with 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Chandler Jones was easily the best defensive player in the game today. The veteran pass-rusher was matched up with fifth-round sophomore Jamarco Jones this afternoon, and he took full advantage of that matchup. He finished the game with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

player team targets tgt_share air_yds_tgt rec rec_yds rec_air_yds
Michael Thomas NO 13 32% 8.6 11 134 82
Alvin Kamara NO 7 18% 0.1 4 18 -3
Ted Ginn Jr. NO 6 15% 6.7 4 50 34
Tre'Quan Smith NO 4 10% 10.8 2 29 3
Josh Hill NO 3 8% 6.3 2 4 1
Latavius Murray NO 3 8% -2 2 25 -5
Jared Cook NO 2 5% 23 2 64 46
Deonte Harris NO 1 2% -3 1 13 -3
Taysom Hill NO 1 2% 0 1 12 0
Emmanuel Sanders SF 9 26% 12 7 157 103
George Kittle SF 8 24% 2.6 6 67 1
Deebo Samuel SF 7 21% 5.4 5 76 38
Kendrick Bourne SF 4 12% 8.2 3 18 27
Kyle Juszczyk SF 3 9% 2 3 22 6
Raheem Mostert SF 2 6% 12.5 2 40 25
Matt Breida SF 1 3% 4 1 4 4

Safeties Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson both had solid games on the back end. Neither player allowed much in pass coverage and both were effective in run defense. Baker has shown improvement throughout the season, especially in pass coverage, and he looks to have his spot solidified there next year.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks found themselves behind quickly in this one, and that ultimately hindered their ability to run the football. However, very early on in the game, Chris Carson was an effective and strong runner and the lone positive takeaway from this bad loss at home.

It was not quite the type of day you’d expect out of MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Wilson did not hurt the Seahawks in any way, but he struggled against pressure on Sunday afternoon — and he was under pressure a lot. Wilson also failed to connect on any of his signature deep balls and finished with only 169 yards passing.

Bradley McDougald had a very good game for the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. He did not allow many catches in pass coverage and he had a great pass breakup on a crossing route.

The biggest issue with the Seattle defense on Sunday was their inability to stop the run. Kenyan Drake and the Cardinals ran wild and rushed for over 250 yards at an average of over six yards per carry.

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